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Accelerated Degree

Are you looking for a new career or interested in technology? Do you want to enhance your previous post-secondary education? You could earn a computer science degree in as little as 12 months at Algoma University.

Today’s society is living in a revolution powered by computers. The growth in the past decade in both computer technology and applications has been phenomenal. The demand for graduates with computer science degrees is high and is expected to remain high in the decades to come, despite the troubled economy. By earning a degree in computer science, you are filling the need and high demand for computer scientists in today’s technologically advanced society. Plus, with a background in computer science, you have access to some of the highest starting salaries in today’s workplace.

Computer Science Accelerated Degree program
20SFCOSC 1046A3Introduction to Computer Science IJune 1 - 19, exam June 22
20SFCOSC 1047A3Introduction to Computer Science IIJune 22 - July 10, exam July 13
20SFMATH 1056A3Discrete Mathematics IJune 1 - July 10, exam July 14
20SFCOSC 2006A3Data Structures IJuly 15 - Aug 4, exam Aug 6
20SFCOSC 2007A3Data Structures IIAug 10 - 28, exam Aug 31
20SFCOSC 2406A3Assembly Language ProgrammingJuly 15 - Aug 26, exam Aug 28
Computer Science Accelerated Degree program (Brampton Campus)

First-term ACCEL Degree Students & First-term GC.ITEC Students [20F]

Fall 2020
Sept 9 - 29 7:00 - 10:00pm [M-Th] Introduction to Computer Science I [C] (COSC 1046M)
TBA Tutorial for COSC 1046 [section A]
Oct 5 - 29 7:00 - 10:00pm [M-Th] Introduction to Computer Science II [C] (COSC 1047M)
TBA Tutorial for COSC 1047 [section A]
Sept 9 - Oct 27 4:00 - 6:00pm [T-Th] Discrete Mathematics I [C] (MATH 1056M)
Sept 9 - Oct 27 2:00 - 3:30pm [Th] Tutorial for MATH 1056
Nov 2 - 19 7:00 - 10:00pm [M-Th] Data Structures I [C] (COSC 2006M)
TBA Tutorial for COSC 2006 [section A]
Nov 23 - Dec 10 7:00 - 10:00pm [M-Th] Data Structures II [C] (COSC 2007M)
TBA Tutorial for COSC 2007 [section A]
Nov 3 - Dec 10 4:00 - 6:00pm [T-Th] Assembly Language Programming [C] (COSC 2406M)
TBA Tutorial for COSC 2406 [section A]
Winter 2021

Course roster TBA

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Program Highlights

In the accelerated program, students will learn:

  • Software development – students learn Java, C++, C, and Scripting
  • Android programming
  • Data structures and programming
  • Database programming – database design, SQL, Oracle, and Access
  • Assembly language programming
  • Operating systems – I/O, file management, process and scheduling on Unix, and Windows
  • Networking – IPs, packets, general ISO structure of networks – applied/practical networks – installing software, managing mail, and more

This program is also a great choice and option for those interested in software engineering.


Program Design

Students who already hold a degree in a discipline other than computer science or a diploma in computer science will be able to earn a Bachelor of Computer Science (general) or a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.Sc) in as little as 12 months, depending upon their previous credentials.

Accelerated degree students may complete the program in three semesters within one year.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Hold a recognized university degree or applied degree with a minimum overall average of ‘C’ or 60 percent (students who possess a previous degree must have completed no more than 18 credits in Computer Science) OR have a two or three-year college diploma in a computer science-related field with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English (if your first language is not English).



You will graduate with a 3-year General Bachelor of Computer Science OR a General Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

The required Computer Science courses are identical in each degree, however the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCOSC) has less rigorous requirements in Mathematics and Sciences than the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSc).

Many students will likely prefer to earn the BCOSC degree since it is an easier degree having reduced math and science courses. For stronger students who are more well prepared, it is highly recommended that they take the more rigorous BSc in Computer Science as it is a stronger degree.

Both degrees provide students with the necessary skills to be successful in the computing and information technology industries. However, the BSc provides students with additional skills that will open opportunities in high-end scientific and mathematical research institutions.

Yes, students who complete the accelerated program can continue on to the fourth year of the program and earn a four-year honours degree.

The four-year honours degree provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills even further by enrolling in additional classes. It also provides you with the opportunity to pursue a minor in Computer Games Technology or Mobile Software Engineering. An honours degree will also provide you with the opportunity to complete a thesis study and provides you with the necessary credentials to pursue a graduate studies.

Yes, it is! For all OSAP & Financial Aid inquiries, please contact Nicole Muskaluk in Financial Aid at nicole.muskaluk@algomau.ca.

Co-op is available after the accelerated semester, if a student decides to pursue a 4-year degree option. Co-op is a full term placement that can be completed during an academic semester or in the summer months. It is important to note that a co-op placement would delay the degree completion time.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree can qualify for admission as a second degree candidate. Upon receipt of your transcripts, the Office of the Registrar will review your eligibility as a second degree candidate. As long as you did not take more than 18 credits (6 courses) of Computer Science in your degree program, you are eligible for admission as a second degree candidate.

If you are graduating from a 2 or 3 year college diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0, you are eligible for the program and will receive 45 credits (15 courses) of transfer credit.